Lately, Shan who just had some surgery send me this message
“I am going to be unable to wear heels for quite a while. Some suggestions some time would be appreciated about different trouser lengths and widths with different kinds of flats and low heels— particularly now that very hot weather is here. Ballet flats and loafers with skinny jeans are easy — but what about with wide legged pants or straight cut pants for the office?”
And as I shared her opinion writing “I thought other women might be interested in this question”, here it is!
If you want to pair your flat shoes, with different trouser lenghts and widths, a lot of options are available during the Summer… like
1/ Flat plateform Sandals
If you are used to wear heels, it can be tricky to leave them.
A good transition could be found with flat plateform sandals. Your feet remain flat but still have some “elevation”.
Be careful though: as the sole is generally thick and stiff, you must check that it’s still comfortable to walk with…
In a more retro style, you can also twist your straight office pants with these derbies. Pants can be straight but have to be width enough though.
(pictures La Redoute)
No slim or tight pants here… You don’t want your feet look like as they were way too big!
Retro sandals like these ones are also a good alternative to twist too serious outfits
(Sandals bellow from Mellow Yellow)
Comfortable and relaxed elegant, you can also match your straight office pants with sneakers (but not the one you use for running, right?).
Like here (pictures from La Redoute)
Totally forgetten (except for having breakfast in old manor houses), they are making a strong comeback since Gucci popularize them.
That’s why a lot of “Gucci-like” appeared on the market. Fearing to be disappointed, I will not choose one of them.
I’ll prefer models that keep the inspiration but don’t pretend to be what they aren’t…
Like these ones (Dune Black in La Redoute)
or these Summer style ones
4/ Last, but not least, barefoot leather sandals
When temperatures get high, these are my favorites!
But beware, they can either look untidy (like coming from an old hippie period), boring (like Monk or religious Sisters style) or very elegant.
Let’s see what details make the difference…
- Leather quality: no synthetic or simili leather here… it won’t last, won’t be comfortable and won’t look nice. Even the sole have to come in a good leather or you will walk “like an Egyptian” :)) no sorry for The Bangles, I meant , like if you had a wood plate under your feet…
- Straps, thongs and bracelets ankles: they could be either thin or wide, the point is where are they coming on your feet, how they match your feet shape… (all from K.Jacques)
More or less leather straps, depending of your foot shape
- Toe thongs or not? Depends also of your feet… not for mine but looks perfect for this right feet bellow (Both from Rondini)
What you see on picture, won’t necessary looks the same on your feet. More than ever, a try is indispensable. If you buy them online, check twice the returns conditions!
Tiny details change everything…
Left picture: Iota – Right, K.Jacques
These two seem rather similar… the difference stands at the back. It’s rather thick and noticeable on the left ones. Without speaking of the ankle bracelet. I’m pretty sure they will look very different from the right ones. Same for these ones:
As often, the price is a good clue to know if quality is here or not. For a few pieces of leather, it could seem a little expensive somethimes … But regarding how timeless and simply elegant they are, I think these leather sandals really worth an investment!